YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: "Nanny Scam:" Check the Check
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CREATED Aug. 23, 2013
It's called the "Nanny Scam" and one local teenager almost fell victim to it.
His mother, Aneka, wrote KMIR6, "My 18 year old son that just recently graduated, spent the summer looking for a job to help save for college, registered with care.com to be a manny. Someone offered him a position that turned out to be a scam. Can you please do a piece on this ASAP so that some other teenage kid doesn't fall victim to these scammers."
The so-called "Nanny Scams" usually involve a person saying they're hiring you, then they send you a check and ask you to transfer part of that check back to them.
If you cash it, it'll cost you because the check is fake.
A Desert Hot Springs resident received one of those checks earlier this week.
18-year old Donald Brown is looking for a job to help pay for his college.
"I've been trying to raise my own money to pay for my college to try to take some of the weight off of my parents."
Donald likes caring for kids, so he looked for a baby-sitting job on care.com.
"She said her name was Ingrid and offered me 25 dollars an hour to clean her house and baby-sit her children for her," said Donald.
"Ingrid" said she was moving to the valley from Denmark, and sent him a check.
"The check was for way more than I was supposed to get and she told me that I had to wire some money back for the movers to her," said Donald.
The four-figure check raised alarm bells.
"Took the check to the bank to bank to try to cash it, and they told me that basically the check was fake, it wasn't even one of their checks," said Donald.
There are a number of sites online that address these baby-sitting scams or so-called "nanny scams" including care.com which puts these jobs on their website.
Experts say there are telltale signs to watch for including bad grammar, and complicating the process; in this case sending Donald the money for the movers too, and then asking him to send it back.
Always check names, ask questions and avoid sympathy cases and always check the check.
Finally they say beware of someone who says they're moving to town but isn't here yet.
Donald says he shared this story to, "Make sure that it doesn't happen to other people."
So now Donald's job search continues.
He went to the Palm Springs Convention Center Friday.
"For a job fair for the new Hard Rock Hotel that's opening, I was just applying for positions over there," said Donald.
If you run into this type of scam, police want you to report it.